Local wedding business and nonprofit collaboration offers charitable dream wedding to U.S Combat Veteran, and Active Duty military facing hardship, at no cost to them
Delran, NJ – A very shocked couple, Gloria Dimartini and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Michael McParland, were given a grand surprise when they were called to the stage during a recent bridal show at Clarks Landing Yacht Club, Delran and presented with the news that they will be wed in grand style on November 4, 2012, just in time for veterans day!
Due to the Soldier`s medical circumstances and financial hardships, the couple was unable to even think of a beautiful wedding, but thanks to the donations of Clarks Landing Yacht Club, Delran and Deirdre Luster, wedding planner, they will be given a day they can both cherish forever.
“Military families and couples in our community suffer periods of separation, hardships, trauma and sometimes loss, which other couples don’t usually encounter. While all of us are susceptible to hard times, it is wonderful to be given the resources to make a dream come true,” said Shannon Clapp, Executive Vendor Director of “Weddings For Heroes.” The dream wedding grant applications are processed by “Weddings For Heroes”, a New Jersey nonprofit corporation aimed at supporting military families and couples with sponsored dream come true weddings.
Under the directorship of Mrs. Clapp and the assistance of wedding planner Deirdre Luster, many New Jersey vendors have stepped forward to help.
The Organization was founded on May 5, 2011 by Jewel Georgieff and Sandi Silva, both wedding planners who have close family who have served in the U.S Military. Along with Executive Vendor Director Shannon Clapp of Thebusybrideshelper.com and Dara Castiglione, Weddings For Heroes consists of a multi person all volunteer Board of Directors.